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Quebec (Propeller), C71212, aground, 29 Oct 1878

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Port Huron, October 30. - The propeller QUEBEC is ashore on Cockburn Island, Georgian Bay. She went on Tuesday morning.
      THE CANADIAN PROPELLER " QUEBEC " ASHORE. - Yesterday afternoon word was received by Mr. McDonald, manager of the Canada Wrecking Company, to the effect that the Canadian propeller QUEBEC, belonging to the Northwest Transportation Company, of Sarnia, had gone ashore on Cockburn Island, to the westward of Drummond Island, at the head of Lake Huron. She lies on what is known as Magnetic Reef, reputed to be a dangerous place. No particulars of the disaster were received, and therefore it is not known whether she is in danger or not. Last evening the wrecking tug PRINCE ALFRED left Windsor, bound for the scene of the disaster, with a full complement of wrecking apparatus, and Mr. John Quinn, the well known diver. The QUEBEC went on some time on Tuesday while bound for Lake Superior. She is a staunch craft, but the weather is bad and the place is bad.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, October 31, 1878

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The propeller QUEBEC of the Beatty Line, got aground on Magnetic Shoals, near Cockburn Island, Lake Huron, in a snow storm Sunday night and is in bad condition. She lies 4 miles from shore with one of her arches broken and 150 tons of freight on board.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 31, 1878

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The tugs E.M. PECK and MYSTIC, which went from the Sault to the assistance of the propeller QUEBEC, were wrecked near where she lies, one being on the beach and the other sunk below her decks. Both crew were rescued and were taken to St. Joseph Island.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 4, 1878

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      The steamer MAGNET left yesterday to go to the assistance of the steamer QUEBEC and the tugs MYSTIC and E. M. PECK. Sunday before last the QUEBEC of the Sarnia and Lake Superior Line, went ashore on a reef northwest of Cockburn Islands during a snow storm, and the above tugs went to her assistance, when they got ashore also. One tug lies in nine feet of water and the other in five feet of water, and both are covered with snow and ice.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, November 5, 1878

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      The tug MOCKING BIRD and the Canadian wrecker PRINCE ALFRED arrived at this port yesterday with the propeller QUEBEC and towed her to Sarnia.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 12, 1878

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      Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Nov. 12. -- The tugs MOCKING BIRD, PRINCE ALFRED, CUSHING, DISPATCH, and the propeller ONTARIO pulled the propeller QUEBEC off on Sunday, with the loss of her wheel, rudder and shoe. She is not seriously damaged otherwise. Her own pumps keep her free. She was towed to Sarnia by the tug MOCKING BIRD.
      The tugs PECK and MYSTIC will be rescued tomorrow. They are also reported not seriously damaged.
      Toronto, Ont., Nov. 12. -- The propeller QUEBEC of the Beatty Line, which was ashore on Cockburn Island, and which was got off by the propeller ONTARIO, and the tugs PRINCE ALFRED, MOCKING BIRD, and MAGNET arrived at Windsor this evening in tow of the Canada Wrecking Company's tug PRINCE ALFRED. She will go into dry dock at Detroit, and be put in first class condition for next season's service.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, November 13, 1878
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      The Detroit Post & Tribune has the following with regard to the QUEBEC, on at Cockburn Island, and which was pulled off about noon on Sunday:
      On the day following the arrival of the PRINCE ALFRED, a pump was put on board the propeller and she was pumped out, but on account of the weather nothing could be done toward pulling her off for several days, although the propeller ONTARIO, the small Sault river tugs CUSHING and DISPATCH, besides the PRINCE ALFRED, were at hand. On Saturday morning, November 9th, the steamer MAGNET arrived, and in the afternoon of the same day the tug MOCKING BIRD. Then the QUEBEC was twisted around, and on Sunday was jerked off bow first. It was in pulling her off that she lost her rudder. The shoe being gone the bottom of the rudder caught on some rocks, breaking the post short off close up under the fantail. Although the steam pumps were in readiness for use on the down trip they were not needed, as the propeller's pumps were sufficient to keep her free. It is thought that her bottom is considerably battered. She lay on rocks all the time, and at intervals pounded considerably. The QUEBEC will go into the Detroit dry dock for repairs.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, November 14, 1878
QUEBEC, Canadian Official No. 71212, built Chathan, Ont., 1874. Wrecked St. Marys River July 16, 1885. Rebuilt as U.S. F.E. SPINNER.
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    Latitude: 45.924444 Longitude: -83.370555
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Quebec (Propeller), C71212, aground, 29 Oct 1878